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The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.
A race condition was discovered in nss_ldap which affected certain
applications which make LDAP connections, such as Dovecot. This could
cause nss_ldap to answer a request for information about one user with
information about a different user. (CVE-2007-5794)
In addition, these updated packages fix the following bugs :
- a build error prevented the nss_ldap module from being
able to use DNS to discover the location of a directory
server. For example, when the /etc/nsswitch.conf
configuration file was configured to use 'ldap', but no
'host' or 'uri' option was configured in the
/etc/ldap.conf configuration file, no directory server
was contacted, and no results were returned.
- the 'port' option in the /etc/ldap.conf configuration
file on client machines was ignored. For example, if a
directory server which you were attempting to use was
listening on a non-default port (i.e. not ports 389 or
636), it was only possible to use that directory server
by including the port number in the 'uri' option. In
this updated package, the 'port' option works as
- pam_ldap failed to change an expired password if it had
to follow a referral to do so, which could occur, for
example, when using a slave directory server in a
replicated environment. An error such as the following
occurred after entering a new password: 'LDAP password
information update failed: Can't contact LDAP server
Insufficient 'write' privilege to the 'userPassword'
This has been resolved in this updated package.
- when the 'pam_password exop_send_old' password-change
method was configured in the /etc/ldap.conf
configuration file, a logic error in the pam_ldap module
caused client machines to attempt to change a user's
password twice. First, the pam_ldap module attempted to
change the password using the 'exop' request, and then
again using an LDAP modify request.
- on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, rebuilding
nss_ldap-253-5.el5 when the krb5-*-1.6.1-17.el5 packages
were installed failed due to an error such as the
./nss_ldap-253/nss_ldap.so dlopen() of
./././nss_ldap-253/nss_ldap.so: undefined symbol:
request_key error: Bad exit status from
The missing libraries have been added, which resolves this issue.
When recursively enumerating the set of members in a given group, the
module would allocate insufficient space for storing the set of member
names if the group itself contained other groups, thus corrupting the
heap. This update includes a backported fix for this bug.
See also :
Update the affected nss_ldap package.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.3
Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks
Nessus Plugin ID: 60407 ()
CVE ID: CVE-2007-5794
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